“Project Sunshine’s programs are an essential part of the HIV treatment and therapy at Bomu. Families turn to Project Sunshine just as they turn to medical treatment – they can’t have one without the other.”
– Sister Fatima, HIV/AIDS Nurse Supervisor, at Bomu Hospital
Since 2006, Project Sunshine has played an integral role, in partnership with Bomu Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya and generously funded by Gilead Sciences, in serving vulnerable children living with HIV and their families. In 2019 alone, we directly served more than 28,000 children and families, 11,400 of which though our in-clinic programs. Delivered by trained Project Sunshine Volunteers, the in-clinic programs provide psychosocial and developmental support to thousands of children through creative arts activities and tutoring sessions with children who are missing school to be at the clinic.
In addition to our in-clinic programs, Project Sunshine Kenya runs the Healthy Living Initiative (HLI), where Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) travel to ‘last mile’ communities to deliver a special health lessons to children living with HIV who lack consistent access to healthcare. During the visits, CHVs use visual aids and lead interactive and play-based educational activities with the children, such as identifying standing water and bed net holes with brightly colored stickers that alert the family to the risk of mosquitoes. They model and reinforce positive practices for family members as well.
Project Sunshine Kenya volunteers organize and participate in community awareness events that serve their greater community. Events include HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, World TB Day, Global Handwashing Day, and Youth Fun Day at Bomu Hospital designed to make the hospital a less frightening place for pediatric patients.